The quirky new footwear you need to know about

With autumn on its way, one of the country’s largest UGG boot producers – Ever Australia – is adding a new collection to its stunning range of footwear, perfect for trans-seasonal styling.

Using premium quality materials and the finest craftsmanship, Ever Australia has re-invented traditional footwear and has launched the all-new Candy Moccasin range.

The Candy Moccasin range includes four beautiful colours, breathable and extra water-resistant suede uppers, comfortable and very soft leather inners, and a hidden 3cm heel to add a little elegance to any look. The flexible material makes the shoe comfortable to wear and with the PVC jelly-like sole; it’s like walking on clouds. 

Adding even more attention to detail, the design of the sole is inspired by Picasso’s abstract artwork and incorporates the Ever Australia logo. Complimenting the sole, the ribbon on the top of each Candy Moccasin is also PVC; which adds another distinctive feature to the traditional style.

Zoe Lu, Ever Australia Marketing Manager says, “We have re-created the traditional Moccasin style to reflect the contemporary wearer. Our customers love our quirky designs and we’re so excited to launch the new Candy Moccasins this March. The variety of colours and textures are the perfect way to add some fun to any outfit for day or night, and work or play.”

Influenced by trends from all around the world, with a creative design team and talented craftsmen, Ever Australia continues to develop unique designs of the highest standards for each wearer to express their individual style with distinctive pieces.

RRP: $122
Colours: Yellow, Blue, Pink and Harbour Mist

Source: Ever Australia

Lexus UX turns on the unveiling charm

Sometimes an event comes up that really pique’s interest. And this, dear readers, was definitely one of those.

A swag of lifestyle and media folk were invited to test drive a car – the new Lexus UX; spend a night at an inner-city Sydney hotel; dine at restaurant with the same excellence philosophy as the car brand and then continue the next day, experiencing two other businesses who also show that same kind of innovation in the work the car manufacturer does. Of course, I had to experience it!

First up, we learnt that in Lexus UX (which has a self-charging hybrid system) the ‘U’ stands for Urban and the ‘X’ for Crossover.

The city-based experience we had highlighted the UX target market of modern urban explorers (why, thank you!) as well as couples, young families and empty-nesters.

To be honest the SUV doesn’t feel like a ginormous 4WD, but a car for peeps seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving.

The car crew told us that the UX is a new ‘gateway’ model to the Lexus brand and for many buyers, it would not only be their first Lexus, it would also be their first luxury vehicle.

Ok, so let me tell you how the adventure started.

Firstly, we were picked up late afternoon and  delivered to the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale; quickly threw our bags in our very urban and urbane rooms and zipped up to the hotel pool for pre-dinner drinks.

Then it was off to our first experience, which was all about craftsmanship.

We ventured to see the skilled craftsmanship in preparing Japanese cuisine, presented by Neil Perry, AM. The Bonsai Room at Saké Restaurant in Sydney. Like the dinner we had, The Lexus UX displays remarkable materials and workmanship in the car, combining Japanese traditions in craftsmanship and hospitality with innovative production techniques. In the culinary world, no-one better represents this level of traditional craftsmanship than Lexus ambassador Neil Perry.

He is a skilled artisan who brings the dynamic and innovative Japanese culture to life, using the finest ingredients.

Our next stop was an experience of Innovative sustainability.

We ventured to Pablo & Rusty’s – a company run by people who share the Lexus passion for sustainability having created the Huskee Cup, from CEO and founder Saxon Wright.

Like Lexus hybrid technology, the coffee team is aiming to provides dramatic sustainability, hence the reason why Lexus chose to focus on the innovation at the North Ryde coffee purveyor, which  focuses on innovation and technology to produce the best possible future for everyone involved with their business – from the coffee growers to the end customers.

They are relentlessly committed to making the world a better place. The company invests in tree planting and rebuilding biodiversity hotspots; the factory is run on solar power. They have even made a Huskee Cup from raw waste in the form of coffee husks from the processing of coffee.

Our final stop was all about design as we experienced design with the brave works of celebrated Australian, Akira Isogawa.

Like Akira, everything in the UX design can be traced back to a brave idea. Lexus provokes, with courage and confidence – like Akira – exploring new concepts, new outcomes and new forms of expression.

Examples in the UX include its original exterior design with the muscular appearance of a 4×4, yet the roofline of a hatchback, “sashiko” quilting of the seats (hand stitched) and the dashboard trim inspired by the grain of “washi” paper, familiar from the paper sliding doors of traditional Japanese houses.

Our new car adventure – across 24 hours – was great fun and also showcased what was a great, smooth and very elegant ride.

By Melissa Hoyer

Melissa was a media guest at the Lexus UX event

Anna Feller the face of new Vamp collection by Bras N Things

Dare to dazzle with silver and gold foil and diamante highlights in the new Bras N Things Vamp collection.

From rich, deep blue tones offset with silver foiled lace to stunning sparkling gold embroidery paired with luxurious black satin, the striking metallic highlights of the new Vamp collection are a ‘must have’ for any fashion lingerie wardrobe.

Diamante details feature throughout the collection, along with sexy strapping and gorgeous pops of colour with delicate red rose embroidery and floral lace.

Featuring Anna Feller as the face of the campaign, the new Vamp collection combines sophistication with edgy, sexy designs. Choose from soft cup, push up and full cup (available up to a G cup) options and pair with Mini-V, Brazilian or Tanga options to complete the set.

Bras N Things GM of Product Francesca Anderson said: “Vamp is a favourite for our customers who love a little bit of edge when it comes to their sexy lingerie pieces. Vamp always reflects the hottest fashion colours and trends, so for this collection we have incorporated stunning silver and gold foil lace as well as bright pops of red and pink with the floral lace highlights. This collection also features gorgeous bodysuits and suspender sets for customers looking to make a statement. There is truly something for every mood with Vamp – whether our customers are looking for something edgy, sexy or sophisticated.”

Source: Bras N Things

The Silver Party raises over one million
 for the Kids Cancer Centre

More than 300 invited guests gathered to raise over one million for the 2019 Silver Party, an annual event raising funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The black-tie event was held at ‘Swifts’, the grand private residence in Darling Point made available thanks to the generosity of owners Shane and Penny Moran. The ‘Hollywood Silver Screen’ theme was brought to life by Australia’s event gurus, Rizer who transformed the iconic to evoke the Hollywood glamour of the days gone by.

With a guest list comprising the who’s who of Sydney, the 2019 Silver Party raised just over one million on the night. This has brought the funds raised by Silver to over $7 million which has assisted in funding critical areas in the Hospital including medical genetics, the Emergency Department and specialist surgeons. This year the money raised will support the Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The Kids Cancer Centre is the only centre in Australia dedicated to researching and treating childhood cancer under one roof, acting as a bridge between science and care.

This year Silver welcomed longstanding partners Moët & Chandon along with Rockpool Group steed by Neil Perry. Other generous supporters included Abercrombie & Kent, Dior, Paspaley, Christian Louboutin, Burberry, Amilla Fushi and Ferrari who donated a number of luxury prizes from safaris and shopping experiences to an island getaway and the ultimate luxury driving adventure.

The inimitable Justin Miller auctioned items including a day on the harbor for 14 guests on luxury motor yacht ‘Illusion’ which raised $21,000, an Abercrombie & Kent ‘Kenya Under Canvas’ safari for 9 nights which raised $18,000. A private dinner for 12 hosted by Guillaume Brahimi which raised $42,000, a money can’t buy experience to visit the Ferrari Factory in Maranello raising $23,000. A luxury getaway for five nights to Amilla Fushi raised $21,000 along with a Los Angeles experience including return Business class tickets with Virgin Australia and a 3 night stay at the world-renowned Beverly Hills Hotel which raised $28,000.

Guests who sipped on Moët & Chandon and joined the enjoyed the silver fun included, Shane & Penny Moran, Amber Symond, Justin Hemmes, Alina Barlow, John & Marly Boyd, Lionel & Lisa Lee, Nicky Oatley, Tom & Hoda Waterhouse, Terry Biviano & Anthony Minichello, Richard Wilkinson, Alyce Tran, Camille Freeman-Topper, Christine Salter, Deborah Symond O’Neil, Nadia Fairfax, Blainey North, Chris & Tracey-Ann Oxley, Karin Upton Baker & Grant Schaffer.

By Melissa Hoyer

City Chic's CCX Streetwear

Did you know the average size Australia woman is now 14 – 16? CITY CHIC provides a complete wardrobe for women size 14 and up – from sleepwear, to lingerie, to work, to play, to special occasion and STREET WEAR – via the CCX collection.

CX is the OFF DUTY collection for the curvy girl who wants to look hot with what she’s got. The CCX design team says “From chic to street, the new CCX collection is a mix of CITY CHIC’S HIGH FASHION Aesthetic and of- the-moment athleisure and streetwear.”

Items contour curves – showing off your best assets – a waist, great legs, ankles and a beautiful décolletage! Playsuits, sporty shorts, denim pants with drawstring and elasticised bottoms, singlets, boxy tops are all mix and match and are insta perfect for a stylish streetwear statement.

SIZES: 14 – 24. Prices start at $49.95

Source: City Chic